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Fail-Safe Reactivity Compensation Method For A Nuclear Reactor

United States Patent Application

20170372804
A1
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The present invention relates generally to the field of compensation methods for nuclear reactors and, in particular to a method for fail-safe reactivity compensation in solution-type nuclear reactors. In one embodiment, the fail-safe reactivity compensation method of the present invention augments other control methods for a nuclear reactor. In still another embodiment, the fail-safe reactivity compensation method of the present invention permits one to control a nuclear reaction in a nuclear reactor through a method that does not rely on moving components into or out of a reactor core, nor does the method of the present invention rely on the constant repositioning of control rods within a nuclear reactor in order to maintain a critical state.
Nygaard, Erik T. (Lynchburg, VA), Angelo, Peter L. (Oak Ridge, TN), Aase, Scott B. (Aiken, SC)
15/ 679,721
August 17, 2017
[0002] This invention was made with government support under U.S. Department of Energy Contract No. DE-FC51-09NA29596 awarded to the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.